Dental Implants Preparation and Procedure

Most dental implants can be placed with the use of a local anesthetic. If you are nervous or getting multiple implants, then sedation can be an option for you. At Replace Root Surgery, we will discuss with you the different forms of sedation available.

Before surgery, if you will be under sedation during the procedure, you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 8 to 12 hours. This will minimize post-surgical nausea. If the procedure is to be done under local anesthesia, there are no restrictions on eating or drinking before surgery.

Dental implants are typically placed in a three-stage process. First, we will place the implant underneath the gums. Once healing is complete, some of the gum tissue will be surgically removed to expose the implant. When we are confident that the post has integrated with your jawbone, an abutment will be placed. Your dentist will then have a custom crown made and will attach it to the implant, resulting in a stable and natural looking smile.

Surgery  Preparation

Your dentist may provide you with some pre-operative instructions to follow. These may include:
  • Having you rinse with a special anti-bacterial mouthwash, such as chlorhexidine.
  • Prescribing antibiotics to take for a few days prior to surgery as a preventative measure.
  • Asking you to eat a good breakfast on the day of surgery, unless you are planning on having the procedure done under IV sedation. In that case, you would not be eating anything after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Having someone available to bring you to the appointment and drive you home if you elected to take an oral sedative or have IV sedation.

What happen during that day?

Preparing for surgery can be nerve-wracking for the patient. No matter how good your surgeon is or how many times they’ve performed this procedure. What will we do during that day? 

  • Numbing your mouth, so you feel comfortable
  • Removing your damaged tooth
  • Preparing your jaw bone for the implant
  • Affixing the implant, so it’s snugly in place
  • Closing your gums over the implant, so it attaches securely to the bone

After the  procedure

Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as:

  • Swelling of your gums and face
  • Bruising of your skin and gums
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding

Enjoy the Results!

Once your dental implant procedure is complete and you’re all healed, you should find that your new tooth feels comfortable and functions just like your other teeth. You’ll be ready to smile bright again, and you’ll have a full set of chompers that you can use to indulge in all of your favorite foods!